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The Pharyngula mutating genre meme

John McKay has tagged me for The Pharyngula mutating genre meme

There are a set of questions below that are all of the form, “The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…”. Copy the questions, and before answering them, you may modify them in a limited way, carrying out no more than two of these operations:

  • You can leave them exactly as is.
  • You can delete any one question.
  • You can mutate either the genre, medium, or subgenre of any one question. For instance, you could change “The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is…” to “The best time travel novel in Westerns is…”, or “The best time travel movie in SF/Fantasy is…”, or “The best romance novel in SF/Fantasy is…”.
  • You can add a completely new question of your choice to the end of the list, as long as it is still in the form “The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…”.
  • You must have at least one question in your set, or you’ve gone extinct, and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you’re not viable.

Then answer your possibly mutant set of questions. Please do include a link back to the blog you got them from, to simplify tracing the ancestry, and include these instructions.


Finally, pass it along to any number of your fellow bloggers. Remember, though, your success as a Darwinian replicator is going to be measured by the propagation of your variants, which is going to be a function of both the interest your well-honed questions generate and the number of successful attempts at reproducing them.

My great-great-great-grandparent is Pharyngula.
My great-great-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My great-grandparent is Flying Trilobite.
My grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock.
My parent is archy.

The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is: Dragon Knight series by Gordon R. Dickson.

The best “bad” movie in scientific dystopias is: A Boy and His Dog.

The best sexy song in pop is: “Fever” as performed by Peggy Lee.

In order to keep mutation alive, I’m passing the meme on to:

Rook at Rook’s Rant substituting for Andante at Collective Sigh

Hipparchia at Over the Cliff, Onto the Rocks

Ellroon at Rants from the Rookery

Steve Bates at Yellow Doggerel Democrat

22 comments

1 Cookie Jill { 10.15.07 at 10:10 pm }

Oooh. A Boy and His Dog! Don Johnson at his “cutest!” ;-)

2 hipparchia { 10.15.07 at 10:27 pm }

i’m already a mutant.

3 ellroon { 10.15.07 at 10:44 pm }

Ooo! Hipparchia, what are your secret powers?

This sounds a lot like homework, but I will try and mutate gracefully….

4 hipparchia { 10.15.07 at 11:26 pm }

kittens. or maybe the nuclear and radiochemistry book.

5 Bryan { 10.16.07 at 12:20 am }

In that case, Hipparchia, A Boy and His Dog is for you. A very strange film that I rented by mistake as it was in a Kurosawa box. Harland Ellison can be quite odd.

Ellroon, you will note that it was started by PZ Myers, so it naturally sounds like homework.

6 hipparchia { 10.16.07 at 2:22 am }

ellison is odd indeed, but i’ll have to check that out, since i like his stuff.

7 Bryan { 10.16.07 at 8:23 am }

In some ways it is like Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show crossed with Mad Max.

8 Rook { 10.16.07 at 7:43 pm }

Oooh. A Boy and His Dog! Don Johnson at his “cutest!” ;-)

Cookie Jill, you know they have medication for that particular affliction of yours.

9 Bryan { 10.16.07 at 8:06 pm }

I was going to nail you for this Rook, but I figured you were too busy right now.

Actually, he looks and acts like he’s 14 for most of the movie.

10 andante { 10.17.07 at 8:04 am }

I must look up A Boy and His Dog. I’m a long-time Rocky and Bullwinkle fanatic.

I will cede my meme-ing rights to Rook. While I appreciate the opportunity to exercise what’s left of my brain, I think my mother’s short-term memory problems are contagious and I’ll have to face extinction on this one.

Take it away, Rook!!

11 Bryan { 10.17.07 at 12:55 pm }

If Rook can find the time, it sounds good to me.

12 Rook { 10.17.07 at 3:22 pm }

Oh, that is so such a cope out andante.

But, I shall endeavor to fill your, errr……

Oh, hell I’ll do it.

13 Bryan { 10.17.07 at 4:37 pm }

Thank you, sir, a gentleman and meme descendant.

14 Steve Bates { 10.17.07 at 5:23 pm }

I’m still thinking about it…

15 Rook { 10.17.07 at 5:42 pm }

Sir? SIR!?!?!?!?!

I’ll have you know I was an enlisted man in the service. Call me sir will you! Humph! I happen to work for a living and zip my pants up the front.

Sir? How insulting.

16 Bryan { 10.17.07 at 7:16 pm }

You really don’t want me to go all Staff Sergeant on you, do you, Rook?

Don’t worry about it, Steve.

17 Rook { 10.18.07 at 7:24 am }

LOL! No, please don’t. But at least you understand where I am coming from………..

Oh, wait. Sorry, your ex-army, aren’t you. Or was that ex-air force?

Okay, okay. I’ll behave.

18 Bryan { 10.18.07 at 9:10 am }

Eight years in the Air Force and an NCO after 15 months [there was a war/police action/whatever].

19 PSoTD { 10.18.07 at 9:10 am }

The Meme, The MEME, THEMEME!!!!!…

Good God, I found this confusing. It would be so much easier if they would just put the instructions in a YouTube video, preferably with background music from the 70s, oh yeah…

but they didn’t. So I have to do this……

20 Bryan { 10.18.07 at 9:12 am }

Blame PZ. You don’t expect clarity from college professors, that would destroy their image.

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